Chloé Zhao was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2013. She was selected as a fellow at the 2012 Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Lab as well as the 2011 Film Independent Screenwriters Lab with her first feature “Songs My Brothers Taught Me”.
Her short film “Daughters” premiered at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and won Best Student Live Action Short at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Chloé is a Time Warner Storytelling Fellow and a screenwriter fellow at Yaddo Artist Residency. She won the Columbus/Vague and Spike Lee production grant, the Cinereach Project grant, the Adrienne Shelley Women Filmmakers grant and the Ang Lee Scholarship for Filmmaking.
Chloé’s film “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” made its premiere in competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, followed by a successful festival run including the 2015 Cannes Directors Fortnight. “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” was nominated for Best First Feature by the Film Independent Songs also recently received a North American distribution deal with Kino Lorber pictures and has been playing in theaters across the country throughout spring 2016.
Chloé was raised in Beijing and England, received her BA in Political Science from Mouth Holyoke College in Massachusetts and is currently a MFA thesis student at New York University’s graduate film program. Zhao is currently developing her second feature The Last Prairie set in Nebraska and South Dakota.
Grant Winning Project: LEE, or SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME